History of the Society

November 4, 1998

Email announcing formation of the Cognitive Development Society by Peter Ornstein and Steve Reznick.

1999

Steve Reznick becomes the first president of CDS with his term lasting until 2001.

September 10, 1999

Society was officially incorporated with Steve Reznick as the first President and Judy DeLoache, Robyb Fivush, Doug Frye, Peter Ornstein, and Phil Zelazo serving as members of the first CDS Board.  Jennifer Coffman soon joined as the first student board member.

Summer of 1999

The Journal of Cognitive Development, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates became the official journal of the Society.

October 8-9, 1999

First CDS meeting in Chapel Hill, NC.  The meeting was planned by the Board and the active involvement of Lynne Baker-Ward and Beth Kurtz-Costes, along with several University of North Carolina grad students.

2000

Philip Zelazo becomes the Editor of the CDS Journal and his term continues until 2004.

Early 2000

First issue of JCD is published and the first year a full volume of four issues.

2001

Patricia Bauer becomes President of CDS and her term continues until 2003.

October 26-27, 2001 – Virginia Beach, VA

The meeting was held with 270 people in attendance.  Robert Siegler, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Joan Stiles, University of California at San Diego, were the plenary speakers on Friday with multiple invited and contributed symposia over the two days of meetings.

2003

Susan Goldin-Meadow becomes the President of CDS and her term continues until 2005.

October 24-25, 2003 – Park City, UT

With 272 people in attendance, the CDS meeting was continuing to grow. Plenary talks by Jude DeLoache, University of Virginia, and Richard J Davidson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with the continued history of invited and contributed symposium and poster sessions completed the conference.

October 21-22, 2005 – San Diego, CA

A large increase in attendance was had in San Diego with over 400 people in attendance!  Helen Neville, University of Oregon, was the plenary speaker on Friday and Elizabeth Spelke, Harvard University, was the plenary speaker on Saturday.  Three parallel sessions of contributed talks and a plenary symposium each day, along with poster sessions each day created a full and busy program.

2005

Susan Gelman becomes President of CDS and her term continues until 2007. Part Time Staff Person, Kristi Schonwald starts with CDS.

2005

Patricia Bauer becomes the Editor of the CDS Journal and her term continues until 2008.

2006

Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing sold JCD to Psychology Press (now called Routledge) within Taylor & Francis.

2007

Henry Wellman becomes President of CDS and his term continues until 2009.

October 26-27, 2007 – Santa Fe, NM

With 297 attendees in Santa Fe, the meeting was smaller and more intimate. Patricia Kuhl, University of Washington, was the first plenary speaker and was followed by an Invited Symposium in Memory of Esther Thelen.  Saturday October 27 began with a plenary talk by Rob Goldstone, Indiana University, followed by a Presidential Symposium on Children’s Learning.  Four symposia sessions with three concurrent symposia and posters rounded out the conference program.

2009

Nora Newcombe becomes President of CDS and her term continues until 2011.

2009

Laura Namy becomes Editor of the CDS Journal and her term continues until 2013.

October 16-17, 2009 – San Antonio, TX

Large numbers of delegates attended the meeting in San Antonio with 495 people registered to attend the meeting.  Michael Tomasello spoke on the Collaboration and Communication in the Second Year of Life as the first plenary talk, followed by the Plenary Symposium “Bilingualism: Cognitive Development from the Perspective of Acquiring Multiple Languages”.  Saturday continued with a plenary talk by Josh Tenenbaum on Bayesian Models in Cognitive Development, followed by the second plenary symposium “Making Cognitive Development Research Relevant in the Classroom”.

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2010

New publishing contract and Society support arranged by Henry Wellman (President) and Laura Namy (Treasurer and JCD Editor).

2011

Judy DeLoache becomes President of CDS and her term continues until 2013.

October 14-15, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA

The meeting was continuing to grow and saw registration numbers of 525 people in 2011.  The Friday plenary speaker was Lynn Nadel, University of Arizona, who spoke on “Hippocampal development: Implications for cognitive development and the nature-nurture debate” followed by the plenary symposium “The future faces of cognitive development research”.  Saturday’s plenary speaker was Laurence D Steinberg from Temple University on “A social neuroscience perspective on adolescent risk-taking” followed by the plenary symposium titled “Memory development and the brain: New methods to address old questions” organized by Nora Newcombe and Simona Ghetti.

2013

Amanda Woodward becomes President of CDS and her term continues until 2015. Megan Bloom joins the Society in a part time administrator role.

2013

Elaine Reese become the Editor of the CDS Journal and her term continues to 2018.

October 18-19, 2013 – Memphis, TN

The 2013 meeting was held in Memphis, TN and the registration numbers increased yet again to 609 people. Morton Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin, provided the opening plenary talk on “What’s social about social cognition: The case of imitation and autism” followed by the plenary symposium organized by Amanda Woodward titled “Science at an exhibition: What we learn from studying children in museums”.  2013 saw the conference increase to four parallel sessions in each of the time blocks on both Friday and Saturday, along with two poster sessions on each day.  Saturday morning saw a plenary talk presented by Renee Baillargeon, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, followed by the plenary symposium organized by Jude DeLoache titled “Thinking, talking, and doing-or NOT: Relations among thought, language, and action”.

2015

David Uttal becomes the President of CDS and his term continues until 2017. JCD goes from four to five issues in a year.

October 8 -9, 2015 – Columbus, OH

Many new additions were added to the meeting in Columbus, including: American Sign Language interpreters, Jacobs Foundation International Young Scholar Awards, NSF Diversity Travel Awards.  These additions may explain the attendance increase to 772 people but it had become obvious that the Society was growing as was the field of Cognitive Development.  The conference began with a welcoming session honoring the past 15 years of CDS, as presented by Peter Ornstein and Henry Wellman.  The day continued with a plenary address by Carol Dweck on “What do Babies Want?” and followed by the plenary symposium organized by Amanda Woodward and titled “Beyond WEIRD Science: Broadening our Cultural Perspective on Cognitive Development”.  The conference continued to offer four concurrent sessions in the afternoon blocks along with two poster sessions each day to showcase the research and science being done in the field.  Saturday continued with a plenary talk by Janet Werker on “Critical Periods in Speech Perception Development” and was followed by the plenary symposium titled “Living in Pasteur’s Quadrant: Four examples of advancing cognitive development by researching real educational problems”, organized by David Uttal.

2016

CDS moves to a professional management model, when it contracts with Podium Conference & Association Specialists to provide Society Secretariat and Professional Conference Management Services.

October 12-14, 2017 – Portland, OR

Whether it was the interest in Portland or the increase in research, the delegate numbers increased to 847 people in 2017. Susan Carey, Harvard University, was the opening plenary speaker and spoke on “Relations Between Conceptual Development and Executive Function: In Dialog with Jean Piaget”.  The plenary symposium, organized by Paul Harris on “The Development of the Imagination” followed Susan’s presentation.  Due to the large number of submissions, the afternoon sessions had five concurrent breakouts per time period, along with two poster sessions per day.  Saturday continued with a busy day with the Jacquelynne Eccles, University of California, Irvine, speaking on “The role of personal and social identities in academic achievement: The Case of African American Adolescents” followed by the invited plenary symposium organized by David Uttal titled “The Relational Mind”.

2017

Paul Harris becomes the President of CDS and his term continues to the present.

2017

Susan Graham becomes the Editor of the Journal of Cognition and her term continues to the present.

Memories from the First Biennial Meeting of CDS